Think Globally, Act Locally!

Over the last 5 years, I have been encouraged as I work with educators, students, non-profit and community leaders, as well as variable professionals working across organizations….as EVERYONE is realizing that there are mutliple challenges on the economic, environmental and social stage that require ADAPTATION and new STRATEGIES.

I am seeing increasing need for every professional to become a bit more of an entrepreneur, whether they are currently employed or not.  Because the days of upwardly mobile job security within one company for the duration of a 30-year-career is pretty much over.  Every organization including government are necessarily considering ways to “innovate”, and ALL organizations are figuring out how to negotiate and navigage CHANGE.   Whatever stage of life, education, career, leadership or even “Encore” career you may be, it is helpful to understand the global framework and trends for constructive change and careers ahead!

Consider the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.  What goals do YOU care most about –locally — as well as globally?  Which goals do you think best represent your current organization, curriculum, program or project?  How may your unique talents or skills contribute to creating “sustainable solutions” in your local community and in turn build your own portfolio of “innovation”?  What are the best practices or examples you have seen of innovation in action related to these goals?

If you have a project in action you would like to let others know about, get in touch with us as we are preparing a new platform to celebrate your accomplishments and help market you!  Or if you have a project that you think may be a great learning situation for “next generation professionals” to gain skills that are relevant, we’d also like to know as we may be able to help you locate some great talent!


If there is one essential principle that is vital to each one of my clients, it is to think forward!  As human beings we continually growing, changing, learning throughout our lifetimes, while we must simultaneously navigate in a changing society. 

Of course our daily reality is just plain busy and it can take every ounce of energy just to juggle the responsibilities to deal with putting food on the table, getting the laundry done, caring for family members while also performing on the job (or in school) and transiting back and forth. If something breaks down – including health – there is domino effect and “OMG” we surely have to breathe deep –and hope we either have some savings, a good friend, or hotline to heaven!

There will always be what I call “predictable unpredictables”.

That is,

S*!& happens, 

when you may least expect it!

Our 1930’s generation who lived through depression era understood the wisdom of “saving for a rainy day”.  And given medical progress, people are living longer so we have more days ahead to consider!   We can certainly choose to just take one day at a time…and respond to issues as they come; but my observation is that this can often result in something like the slow boiling frog syndrome.

So…consider a more proactive approach! lincolnquote

At least once a day, take a breathing break from all the frenetic activity that merely maintains the status quo, and ask yourself:

What do I WANT in my life/ world/ for my family? 

What are likely passages in life that I will experience over the next 10 years?

What are the trends in society now and how may this impact me/us in those 10 years?

What are the resources I now have that help me to succeed?

What are the resources available that I may not have explored? 

Who are friends, advisors, teachers, coaches that may offer support during a “rainy day” or better yet, may help me prepare for my “sustainable future”??

What action will you take to be a change agent in your life? 

Who else may also benefit from you becoming the best YOU possible?

When will you begin…

How may a personal coach support you to achieve new goals…?

What is Career Ecology?

Ecology is the study of the interaction between organisms and their environment, forming living systems that change over time. Careers are also interactive, living processes as humans develop and interact with their environment across a lifespan. Career Ecology may then be defined as the study of how individuals necessarily grow and maximize their potential, as they work through varied roles, in relationship with many variables in their environment, including the natural world and human organizations (family, education, workplace, community) as these are interactive and mutually influential living systems. This is well known as the combined forces of Nature & Nurture — which applies to both people and planet!
(See Fast Company Nature vs Nurture 2.0!)

Careers and our planetary ecology are changing in an interdependent way. This has always been true, but with a predicted 7 billion to inhabit our earth, turbulence in world cultures and economies, as well as changes in climate, it has all become more complex. Catastrophic events, such as Super Storm Sandy, and the recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria costs our communities, businesses and shared government agencies, which presents new challenges as we plan our futures. New disciplines of study are emerging to address problems; our next generation is inspired by new innovations in technology that are connecting the world as never before, and emerging economies are opening new doors. There is a growing realization that we are all connected in a “global economy.” But people are struggling on the questions of “jobs” as these are being redefined to address new challenges.

Meanwhile, on an individual level — a job is essential to survival, identity, and overall livelihood. In the U.S. culture, there is a strong thread of individualism and competition in the job market. Further it can be difficult to navigate a meaningful “career” in the midst of ambiguous changes, and competing priorities over the lifespan. But a job is not a “Life” and it is also essential to coordinate our varied relationships with family, community, and culture that nurtures and supports the potential of each individual and profoundly influences our health, identity and connectedness to community locally and globally as we are all quite interdependent in the long run. My individual future does not just depend upon me. Your individual future does not just depend upon you!

Looking forward, we are at a huge pivot point in our individual and collective path on a shared planet. Changes will occur and we will react. … But change can also occur proactively by smart design, applying what has been learned, or what we can learn … relationally.

What do you want to create, change, lead, or do in your lifetime? What legacy will you leave to the next generation? What are your individual talents, skills, abilities, passions, interests? Who are your potential partners? How can you invest your skills and build your network of relationships to make a difference — for you and for others?  What are the best practices and principles of organizations and “organisms” that can nurture and facilitate next generation learning, leadership, workforce development, innovation and constructive change to achieve success and sustainability? What can we learn from nature, ecological science, as well as “business” as these intersect to create the context in which we find our way in this world?